Babies typically grow out of their clothes in the blink of an eye. In other instances, the wear and tear of the garments cause them to become too stained or worn out before they even outgrow them.
Baby clothes can be expensive and so sometimes it’s just not possible to keep buying baby clothes every so often. There are ways to save you money and help babies keep on those adorable clothes for longer. These tips will help you do just that while adding some creativity and new life into old baby clothes.
- Cut off footed pajama feet
Footed pajamas are some of the most adorable baby items but your growing baby quickly outgrows them in a flash. As long as your baby’s torso and arms comfortably fit in the pajamas, you can simply snip off the pajamas feet and hem at the ankles to keep the ends from fraying. This can add weeks and even months into your baby’s pajamas.
- Use extenders to lengthen baby bodysuits
Your growing baby causes the torso to make it difficult to button bodysuits without stretching the neckline. Bodysuit extenders are basically extra pieces of fabric that are snapped into place at the legs of bodysuits to make them longer. Note however that not all extenders are able to snap into place because each bodysuit has its own kind of snaps.
- Wash and Dry with care
The frequent washing and drying of baby clothes causes a lot of wear and tear and leaves clothes looking worn out and faded. Baby clothes, especially those with lace, appliqués or some other form of embellishment need to be washed as gently as possible.
Delicates should be washed in cold water and dried on low heat. Swimwear and accessories such as shoes and hats should be hang-dried. Washing clothes in hot water and drying in high heat can cause shrinkage and damage baby clothes.
- Convert pants into shorts
When your baby outgrows his pants, don’t just cast them aside. Snip them into shorts and hem the bottoms for a completely new clothing item. For denim, you can even keep the ends frayed for 1980s look.
- Always use bibs
Always use a bib (or bibs!) at every meal to keep baby’s clothes clean and stain free. Go for waterproof bibs with a catch-all pocket for more protection. The best way though to prevent baby’s clothes from staining is to feed him or her naked or semi-naked.
- Pre-soak stains before laundering
When baby’s clothes get stained in foodstuffs such as juice, fruit or sauce, pre-soak them in a stain remover before laundering them. Washing clothes and then letting them dry without first pre-treating the stain makes them almost impossible to remove.
You can spot clean by dabbing a laundry detergent on the stain and then scrubbing with an old toothbrush. Alternatively, you can soak in cold water for an hour before washing with a stain remover and detergent.
- Buy clothes a bigger size
Buy clothes and shoes that your baby will grow into because babies grow fast. You don’t need to buy baby shoes until your baby actually begins to walk. Buying infant shoes can be a waste of money because he or she will only wear them a few times. There are also adjustable baby shoes that fit your baby’s feet from newborns to 24 months old babies.
- Enlarge T-shirt collars
Your baby’s head grows as does the rest of his body and this can make his collars a bit tight. You can open up baby’s t-shirts, hoodies or sweat-shirt without having to buy new ones by simply converting it into a V-shaped by cutting the neckline. For collared shirts, you can also remove a few stitches on the inside of the collar to make it roomier for the baby.
- Patch or Stitch up stains
Do you have an adorable baby outfit with an impossible-to-remove stain? You can cover up the offending stain by patching it up with an interesting piece of fabric or an appliqué to hide it as well as keep it decorative.
- Dress up baby in layers
You don’t need to keep away baby’s items just because the weather changes. Layering baby’s clothes is a great way to keep baby warm and to ensure that some clothes are not over worn and become faded with time. During cold seasons, baby can wear a sweater with a long sleeve shirt underneath and even with a tank top beneath. You can still dress up baby in skirts and dresses and layer with leggings underneath and a jacket on top.
- Select separates
When selecting baby’s clothes buy a lot of separate tops and bottoms that will last much longer those pieces that are connected. Both long and short sleeved tops are also great for alternating between seasons and make a faster clothing change.
For pants and shorts, select those with snug elastic but not too tight to dig into the tummy corset. Also, buy longer pants as they can be rolled up easily.
If you need to travel for a long period of time, pack baby outfits in bigger sizes that you can easily fold the waistbands, cuff the pant legs and roll up sleeves to avoid packing two sizes of clothing. This saves up space, especially when living out of a suitcase.
- Gender neutrals
Buying gender neutrals clothing items is key especially if you are planning on having more children who will wear hand-me-down baby clothes. A few staple items such as socks, jackets, and onesies that are purchased in neutrals will make it more wearable-friendly for the next child who follows. You still get to throw in the pinks and blues as you please.
Once you’re done with baby clothes, give them away to another family to benefit. Blessing another family with baby clothes you no longer use helps to get more out of baby clothes while spreading joy and gratitude at the same time.